How You Might Feel After Your Operation

  • The anaesthetic may cause you to feel nauseated, dizzy or sleepy for 24 hours.
  • You may have a slight temperature for 2 days.
  • You can expect a small amount of vaginal bleeding that will be pink, red or brown- this will gradually decrease.
  • A heavy flow should not last more than 2 days and should be no heavier than a normal period- it is normal to pass small clots.
  • You may have some menstrual-type cramps that may last for 2 days.

Hygiene

  • Your cervix will remain open for a few days making you most susceptible to an infection at this time- to prevent infection:
  • Use sanitary pads only and change regularly- no tampons.
  • You may shower or bathe.

Pain and Medication

  • Most patients find that mild non-prescription drugs offer enough pain relief but, if not, you will be given a prescription for a stronger pain reliever.
  • Follow your surgeon’s advice on resuming your usual medications.

Nutrition

  • Eat light foods for the first day, such as tea, toast, soup or Jell-O® and drink extra fluids.
  • After that you may resume your normal diet.
  • If diabetic, follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding diet and medication.

Activity and Exercise

  • For the first 24 hours after your surgery, do not drive, operate heavy equipment, drink alcohol, smoke or make important decisions.
  • Arrange for someone to be with you the first night at home.
  • Some fatigue can be expected for a few days after your operation.
  • The day after your surgery you will feel more able to be up and around- this will improve your circulation and help in your recovery.
  • Be as active as you can within the limits of your discomfort.
  • Ask your surgeon about returning to work.
  • Refrain from sexual intercourse until vaginal bleeding stops.

Follow-Up Care

  • Contact your surgeon’s office to arrange a follow-up appointment.

You need to contact your doctor if you have:

  • A fever that persists after 2 days;
  • Heavy flow with bright red bleeding or if you are passing large clots (the size of a plum);
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea that persists after 24 hours;
  • Severe abdominal pain and cramping unrelieved by pain medications or other measures.
If you cannot contact your doctor, go to the nearest Emergency Department.
 
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